KATHMANDU: Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has called the parliament’s dissolution illegal and undemocratic.
Speaker Sapkota said in a statement released Saturday that the parliament’s dissolution was contrary to the intent of the Supreme Court’s February 23 ruling. The Supreme Court reversed Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve parliament on December 20, 2020, on February 23.
The Supreme Court ruled that dissolving parliament was unconstitutional when an alternative government could be formed. It also noted that the expense of the election would bring unnecessary strain on the country as it worked to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
In his speech today, Speaker Sapkota cited the Supreme Court’s decision. According to Sapkota, the dissolution occurred at a time when an alternative government could be formed under Article 76 (5) of the constitution.
Speaker Sapkota said the statement released by the President’s Office on Friday night appears to be in violation of the constitution, the Political Parties Act of 2017, and the House of Representatives Rules of 2019.
Sapkota appealed to all to unite to condemn the change and uphold the constitution and parliamentary structure, concluding that it violated the principles of separation, balance, and control of power.
Sapkota had previously met with legal experts to discuss the possibility of dissolving the House.